Hampton to miss season following another elbow surgery

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ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Braves left-hander Mike Hampton is scheduled for elbow surgery this morning and will miss the the entire season.

Hampton had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in September 2005 and missed all of last season, but the Braves were hopeful he could return to the mound sometime this year.

He visited the same surgeon, Dr. Dave Altchek, yesterday in New York after experiencing more pain. Altchek found that the 34-year-old Hampton has a torn flexor tendon in the elbow.

He is expected to be able to return to pitching activities in six to nine months -- which would mean that he could return for spring training in 2008.

Hampton signed a 121 (m) million dollar, eight-year contract with Colorado before the 2001 season. He is 53-and-48 since agreeing to that dead and is owed 14-and-a-half (m) million this year and 15 (m) million in 2008.

After Hampton hurt his side in spring training, the team signed another left-hander, Mark Redman, who struggled in Friday's loss to the New York Mets. Redman, Kyle Davies and Lance Cormier are the team's top three options for the last two spots in the rotation behind John Smoltz, Tim Hudson and Chuck James.

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